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Same-Sex Marriage Applicants in Indiana Could Face Prison Sentences

Posted by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM
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Same-Sex Marriage Applicants in Indiana Could Face Prison Sentences

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Same-sex couples in Indiana may face up to 3 years in prison should they attempt to secure a marriage license in the state.

According to an Indiana law enacted in 1997, it is a class D felony to submit false information on a marriage license application—including physical conditions such as the gender of the applicant. Because Indiana marriage license applications designate between “male” and “female” applicants for a marriage license, submission of such an application by a same-sex couple would trigger the law, regardless of whether or not the application is denied.

As noted by LGBTQ Nation, the law further penalizes any clergymen, mayor, city clerk, or town clerk-treasurer who solemnizes a marriage of a couple of the same gender, triggering a class B misdemeanor with up to 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine.

Indiana lawmakers recently passed a revision of the state’s criminal code that reduces the maximum penalties of the 1997 law to 18 months imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. However, the Indiana General Assembly will vote early next year on whether or not to prohibit any form of same-sex marriage or civil union in a constitutional amendment, as Indiana does not currently have a constitutional ban on such practices. Should the amendment pass, it will appear on the 2014 General Election ballot for state voter ratification. 

Indiana GOP Governor Mike Pence has publicly supported the constitutional amendment, stating his intent to sign should the amendment pass in the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Recent polls suggest, however, that a majority of citizens in Indiana are in opposition to the amendment.

Sources: LGBTQ Nation, The Times of Northwest Indiana

by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM
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rfurlongg
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM
I sense a lawsuit coming up...
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by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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What I find most interesting in this case is that with all the "concern" on the right about the government forcing their will on Churches here is clear example of the GOP essentially doing just that in reverse.   I don't doubt for a second most of those on the right claiming the government has no business telling churches what they can do will be just fine with this law that threatens clergy with jail if they provide services to GLBT couples.  

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